Auckland's Peace Software has licensed its Energy software solution to two US firms – one of whom, American Electric Power, is one of the world's largest energy providers.
AEP will deploy the Peace Energy solution to serve more than a million customers in the soon-to-deregulate Texas electricity market. Meanwhile, MidAmerican Energy, which provides both gas and electricity to customers in Illinois, has announced it will use Peace Energy in its push for business in deregulating markets in the Us Midwest.
The company is the second biggest wholesale energy market and trader in the US and also a major generator. It services more than nine million customer in the US and elsewhere and has $US35 billion in assets.
Robert Goumaz, managing director of customer care for AEP, says his company chose the Peace product "because of its technological and functional capabilities in the emerging competitive retail market."
Goumaz says AEP believes Peace Software will be "a leading supplier" of customer management systems for the deregulated energy market "and we intend to leverage their experience and commitment in creating cost effective and highly flexible environments for our customers."
Peace chairman and CEO Brian Peace describes the licensing agreement as part of a "partnership" with AEP as the US company looks to take a "leadership role" in the unregulated North American retail energy market.
Meanwhile, Peace also yesterday announced Version 6 of Energy, to a warm reception from Aberdeen Group's senior analyst for energy and communications, who said Peace was "staking out a leadership position in IT for retail energy companies."
Among new features in the release is the ability to integrate customer a "third generation" browser user interface and enhanced support for the Oracle 8i database system and Sun Solaris platform.
"We engineered Energy Version 6 to be the most robust, flexible, scalable, and integrated browser-based system for energy retailing," says Peace's chief technology officer Paul Grey. "Our R&D team leveraged the latest web technologies such as Enterprise Java Beans, Java Server Pages, XML, and BEA's WebLogic Server, while employing an extensive quality management approach and comprehensive early-customer shipment program. As we begin general shipments of Energy Version 6, it is already customer-proven and production-ready."